Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

The best way to look forward to a workout is to have a delicious treat ready for after. This pina colada smoothie bowl definitely feels like a celebration while delivering a good kick of protein, thanks to Carrington Farms organic coconut protein blend. The blend actually has only 3 wholesome ingredients: Organic coconut powder, organic pumpkin powder and organic pea powder. Note the lack of sweeteners! This simple combination is certainly clean, but it is also potent, delivering the 20g protein from 3 different plants with complementary amino acid profiles.

Every protein powder has a certain taste, and most of the protein powder products take the unfortunate route of masking that taste with a heap of sugar and artificial flavors. While this particular protein powder chooses to stay clean and simple, the taste is not overpowering. The use of coconut powder is actually a welcome addition in many ways, and the pumpkin and pea taste is minimized in a fruity smoothie (or a chocolate one? I will be trying that as well). Carrington Farms has an array of clean and wholesome products; oils, seeds, grains, superfoods. I am glad they added a protein blend option that I can feel good about.

The recipe for the smoothie bowl is below:

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake

A delicious, lush chocolate cake with great texture may well be the ultimate treat. And it is the holiday season with lots of chocolate cravings so I think the occasion called for the effort to bake one!

I am very particular when it comes to cakes, a little too far on the snobby side. I want the happy place between light and fluffy (also known as spongy :P), and the dense and heavy, brownie-like texture. And I don’t want the cake part to be dry, I want to feel the chocolate! So that’s the place this cake fits right in. The chocolate cake, by itself, is very much worth baking. From there on, I let the peanut butter and coconut cream do their things for the filling and frosting, respectively. The full recipe is below.

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Vegan Coconut Macaroons

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Coconut macaroons are one of my favorite cookies. Who knew you could just skip the eggs and make a deliciously healthy version with only 5 ingredients and next to no effort! A no compromise vegan, gluten-free cookie, I am hooked. Here is the recipe:

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